The Penarth based sailing charity Challenge Wales – which operates Wales’s largest racing yacht out of Penarth Marina – has been awarded almost £250,000 by the Big Lottery Fund
The Big Lottery Fund allocates a substantial chunk of the money garnered from millions of lottery-ticket purchases to worthy causes across the UK.
This new funding tranche for Challenge Wales is being provided to help the charity to work with even more young people locally and throughout Wales over the next three years.
The funding is specifically for its “Voyages of Discovery” project enabling the charity to work with 400 Welsh young people who will be learning employability skills on accredited day and residential voyages. This will include teamwork and communication skills, decision-making & planning skills as well as developing self-confidence. 100 volunteers will also benefit from additional training and support plus a new part-time Education Officer role will be created
Challenge Wales Trustee Vicky Williams says “This is an amazing opportunity for Challenge Wales to make a real difference in the outlook of many young people locally, in Penarth as well as further afield. Although Challenge Wales works with a wide range of young people aged under 26 years in its sail training activities, the “Voyages of Discovery” project in particular is linking in with Local Authority Strategic Plans and the Welsh Government’s Tackling Poverty Action Plan to work with disadvantaged young people and groups.”
The last time Challenge Wales received funding from the Big Lottery Fund was for its “Turning the Tide” project, where – after going to a public vote on TV- the charity won funding to adapt the boat to provide sailing experiences for young people with visual impairment.